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>> refugees force their way through police lines on the hungarian border. the u.n. calls it a defining moment as the influx continues. >> there are the refugees who are exhausted, dehydrated, and they just want to get their tickets and continue their trip. >> hello there, i'm felicity barr. we're live from london. also coming up. turkey blames the kurdistan party for police that were
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killed. >> 96,000 children have been pushed into starvation. u.s. democrats gaining more support for the iran nuclear deal. >> hello, the united nations is stepping up the pressure on european countries over the refugee crisis. today saying it must be manne mandatory for those who are fleeing war-torn scenes. men, women and children pushing through security through the border in serbia, desperate to get to hungary's capital. for most the you want destination is germany. it has taken the majority of refugees. but they say that it will come down to an e.u.-wide operation
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and 45,000 have crossed the mediterranean. the special representative on migration said that europe deals with this influx will be a defining moment. at europe's southern gateway, some of the thousand who pass into macedonia on monday, marking a new record oh in this humanitarian crisis. with no end in sight, the u.n. is sounding the alarm bills, calling for relocation for 200,000 refugees. >> we've proposed that there be european union-led mega reception and registration centers established in greece. we would support that. established also in italy, an also in hungary, whereby the people arrivedder these centers, be received in decent, humane
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conditions, they could apply for asylum there. >> it comes on the eels of warnings who said that the current situation is part of an exodus from world war thrones, adding that it could last for years. oat budapest as main station thousands are seeking transit through as they try to make their way through austria and germany. volunteers and medics are welcoming refugees and distributing aid, but there has been a layer of confusion to an already chaotic situation. >> while the refugees have arrived in vienna, they're very gratified by the treatment they've received in austria so far. many of them are still very concerned about relatives who they say are still in serbia or
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hungary. they worry they won't be able to get here in the days to come. meanwhile, from german the ultimate destination brings a stark reality check. >> neither greece nor italy can accommodate the refugees arriving on their borders. we have discussed the asylum policy. >> with criticism only mounting it seems that this near impossible situation is nowhere close to being over. al jazeera. >> well, many of those crossing the medicine arrive in the greek islands hoping to continue on to western europe. hundreds of refugees are coming
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ashore, they're being picked up on ships charted by the greek government. lesbos is under increasing pressure hosting 20,000 people waiting for their chance to move on. >> registration has improved over the past 24 hours. the separation has been moved to a stadium where thousands were able to get their registration paper, which allows them to board these ferries, and to continue their journey. first up would be athens, and then across several balkan countries to western europe. now it's estimated between 8,000 to 10,000 have already left this eye land, but many more are still waiting here, and living conditions are very poor. all you can see there is just
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garbage. many sleep on the garbage. many sleep on the pavement. some with money can buy tents and inflated prices. many ask where are the toilets. and many children are showered by standing on the pavement with bottles of water poured on top of them. many landed here. we met them along the coast. they walked 73 kilometers to reach this point. but now even know they have the registration paper they will have to join this long cue. this is the cue to get this ticket to be able to board the ferry. it has been a very long queue
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and very slow moving. many are exhausted. they're dehydrated. they just want to get their papers to continue on their trip. >> 14 turkish police officers are dead after a bomb attack on the mini bus. it happened in the eastern province. police vehicle was escorting a group of custom officials to a nearby border gate. turkey's president has blamed the increased violence on the pkk. >> we have tried so much, and we'll keep try to prevent this pain.
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they hav >> turkey's prime minister has denounced an attack on the headquarters of the pro kurdish party in ankara. they've called on all parties to remain calm. crowds broke the windows of the building. and businesses were set alight. no. yemen the saudi coalition carried out airstrikes against rebels in the capital of sanaa. they targeted an air force base. reports say that dozens have been killed. residential building was hit during an assault on a military base.
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yemen was already one of the poorest countries in the world before the war broke out. now months of heavy fighting has taken its toll on the most vulnerable. 96,000 children are starving and close to death it's estimated 88 children will suffer from malnutrition in aden in the next year. 2,000 children don't have enough food or water. >> troops from the saudi-led coalition rolled in. they were bolstered by the arrival of a thousand soldiers and armored vehicles. they're getting ready for what yemeni officials say will be a decisive battle. it is said to be in retaliation for the attack on coalition forces last week. 60 soldiers died when the military base was hit by a rocket.
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it has intensified the bomb batterment of sanaa targeting houthi rebel positions an those of their allies. this market has been hit. people hurt or worse. homes and communities were reduced to republic. one of the places where they could have been looked after have been shut down. >> some people died here during the rocket bombardment. children were killed in the nursery. we're next door to the special forces. >> all the patients have been moved elsewhere, but those hospitals and clinics were already under seymour must pressure dealing with a never ending stream sick and injured.
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unicef said that the violence and it's impact on health services mean that thousands of children are going hungry. 20million people don't have enough water. that's almost the entire population. >> the recent results of what we've seen is a doubling in some cases tripling for children under five, which represent the next generation. we have 96,000 children who are at severe risk of death. >> yemen was already one of the poorest countries in the world before the war broke out. the exiled government has vowed to recapture sanaa. many just pray for the fighting to be over. >> iraq's deputy justice prime minister has been kidnapped in baghdad. he was captured when the car he was traveling in was ambushed.
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a minister's conference in paris has been held around 60 countries and other organizations to discuss ways of protecting religious minorities in the middle east and north africa. al jazeera's e eniran enran khan. >> they need mosul when the islamic state in iraq and the levant captured the city. isil offered them three choices: convert to islam, pay a tax, or die. in fear they fled. this is ramón, he lives here with his wife and four-year-old daughter matilda. he recalls what happened to him in august of 2014. >> it was a horrific experience when isil came in. they swept through 15 villages. we fled with just the clothes on our back. since then we have nothing.
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this government won't protect us. we want to leave iraq. >> this is one of the best equipped and well run displacement camps in baghdad. thinthey say that iraqi minorities are under threat. >> it's like we don't have any rights. we're iraqis, but we don't get to participate in iraq society. after the fall of mosul look at us. >> despite the state of this camp, nobody here considers this home. >> most people here have lost hope that they'll ever see home again so they stay here in this concrete jungle. they've lost hope in the ability of iraq's government to be able to protect minorities. a lot of people here
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particularly want to get out of iraq and find relatives and live in freedom elsewhere. >> with isil an ever present threat daily demonstrations by ordinary iraqis demanding restorms, ramón wonders how much of a priority he and his family really are. imran khan. baghdad. >> still ahead on the program, how mainland china's closing economy is hitting hong kong's biggest shopping district. and we'll have the latest on a deadly sandstorm that is moving across the middle east.
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>> a reminder of the top stories here on al jazeera. the u.n. is calling on european states to shoulder the burden of relocating refugees. germany said that it is expecting more than 800,000 asylum seekers. at least 14 turkish police officers are dead after a pom attack on a mini bus in the eastern province. the turkish president has blamed the increased violence on the kurdistan workers party known as the pkk. months of fight something taking its toll on the most vulnerable in yemen. at least 96,000 children are starving in one city alone. officials in belgium are said to be receiving 150 asylum requests every day creating a strain on local resources.
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>> among the trees a village of tents have sprung up. the first refugees arrived two weeks ago. and the people of brussels have rushed to help. the volunteers have set up a whole range of services for the refugees. >> so here you have the kitchen with a lot of volunteers. >> they offer the refugees hot meals throughout the day. the food is donated by local people and charities. there are now about 1,000 people in the camp. as it has grown there have been complaints from some quarters. >> really, we don't listen to the complaints. we are sure that we're doing is good. we continue to keep doing the good work without listening to people. >> more volunteers are arriving
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all the time. different people offer different skills. this spontaneous action by hundreds of ordinary people have caught the belgium authorities off guard. they have opened up an overnight shelter across the road. but very few refugees have clo chosen to sleep there. people are lining up for asylum. but they're not using the official night shelter because you have to get out by 8:00 in the morning, and you can't leave your stuff there. >> there is a night shelter, but that's it. >> this man is from iraq. he traveled across europe and arrived here four days ago. he has an appointment to register for asylum on thursday. >> i sleep here. there is no problem. it is not too cold. we have food and drink here.
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>> the plight the refugees has harnessed the good will of people from many communities. they say that they want to act as an example to people elsewhere in europe where refugees have been less welcomed. jacky rowland, al jazeera, brussels. >> at least 58 people are thought to have died in a sandstorm that it moving across parts of the middle east. syria, lebanon and jordan have been engulfed in the dust cloud, leaving hundreds of people suffering from breathing problems. refugees in syria now living in basic conditions in lebanon were badly affected. people from as far away as cypress has been advised to stay indoors. in the u.s. 41 democratic senators have thrown their support behind the iran nuclear deal. the obama administration has
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enough to block disapproval resolutions. the agreement released $100 billion in frozen assets to iran in return to limits of its nuclear program. kimberly halkett in washington, d.c. spoke. when do you think we're likely to see this vote? >> well, if the white house gets its way there won't an vote. but it's really up to the members of strong ear on capitol hill. the 41 senators that you spoke about, they there might be 42 who have come out in support of this deal. but at the same time what the white house is hoping is that these senators will collectively use their power as well as some arcane legislative procedure to block a vote that would allow for the rejection of the agreement. here is the reason why the white house wants that. the white house is concerned if this measure does pass in both the senate and house of
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representatives then it lands on the president's desk where he has the uncomfortable position of vetoing it, which he has promised to do. there is fear if this does happen there is a message rejecting the agreement build it could undermine the agreement and it's viability long term. the white house is concerned about its appearances and as a result today josh earnest was strongly encouraging the 41 senators, possibly 42 to use their collective might and clout to make sure that that vote does not happen. >> we expect those members of congress, who support the agreement to take the necessary steps in congress to prevent congress from undermining the agreement. >> all right, so given that a vote is expected later in the week just how intense is the lobbying of those congress americans who are still undecided? >> extremely intense. in fact, we expect if it has not
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already happened there is a small rally taking place outside of the u.s. congress right how where they're organized by the democrats in an effort to continue to lobby for support. the lobbying is happening on both sides. in fact, there have been interest groups that have spent millions trying to persuade members for and against. we have dick cheney speaking at a right-wing think tank using fear tack i cans that this is this going to affect israel and the united states because it creates a pathway towards iran getting a nuclear weapon. those arguments are not completely resonating with the american public. poll numbers show that half are listening to the arguments of the white house. this may not be the perfect agreement but many americans see this as the best option. >> thank you. in the u.s. baltimore officials
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have reached a tentative $6.4 million wrongful death settlement with the family of freddie gray. the african-american died in april from a neck injury suffered in police custody. the death led to days of protest and rioting. the settlement is still pending approval. >> chinese experts and incidental ports contracted in august. it's hitting the country's spending power. now there are people in hong kong who are feeling the effects of that weakness in china's economy. ron mcbride has this report. >> the photographers along hong kong's waterfront are a good barometer of how much visitors are spending. the news is not good. business is down more than half. >> we are facing a hard time. the mainland chinese are not
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spending as easily as they did before. >> at the airplane the arrival hall the shocking promotion sounds more like a plea for visitors with less money to spend. hit hardest are the luxury brands with some flag ship stores closing. >> what we're hearing is the high end with th hit. >> this book shop is totally reliant on visitors from the mainland. it specialized on titles banned by the chinese government. business is down by 50%, making it hard for pay the rent. >> all the other shop owners they're asking fo to cut down the rent. >> it is located on one of the
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city's most expensive shopping districts now seeing business cuts in rents as landlords struggle as well. >> this used to be the most expensive retail space, but it has turned it into second place. rents here are still inflated thanks for china's spending spree, and have a lot further to fall. ron mcbride, al jazeera, hong kong. >> pope francis with radical changes to the way members of the catholic church can annul their marriages. it will be simpler to judge when a marriage is invalid in the eyes of the church. the old system was criticized as too complicated and costly for people in poor nations. in the vatican people seem to approve.
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>> times have changed. >> i think it's a very positive step. times have changed. couples have changed. everything changes. i think the poem through these changes he's introducing is bringing the church up-to-date in modern times. something that the predecessors have resisted. >> the former guatemalan president is to stand trial on charges of criminal association of taking bribes and custom fraud. he was involved in a scheme in which businesses paid bribes to avoid import duties. now going to mexico, taking on illegal logger toss protect trees. the country has one of the highest deforestization rates in the world. organized crime gangs are often involved. we have this report where residents have taken matters
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into their own hands. >> taking back what is theirs. tree by tree, the people of in southwest mexico are attempting to repair damage to their forest caused by illegal loggers. ships of 200 people replant trees. it's a big change. a few years ago if they even entered the forest, the gangs protecting the loggers would be waiting. armando survived an ambush in which two of his friends were shot dead. >> we continued to fight for our territory, to stop the armed groups taking away something that belongs to us. >> the people took matters into their own hands. they attacked the logger's trucks, forced out the gunmen and government officials are accused of protecting them. sounds of chainsaws echos across
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this fourest. since then they have reforced 1,000-hectares. but there is still a long way to go to repairing the damage. the found ha >> this has all been destroyed. they cut down these trees three months ago. >> some have been turned into sculptures strung up in woods. a warning. >> these instruc trucks destroyed the forest. we put them here so that enemy children will understand that sooner or later the forest will live again. >> it's still early days in the fight. thfull of a million baby trees.
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each one representing home from a community taking on the future in its own terms. mexico. >> you can get much more on our stories at our website >> this week on talk to al jazeera, katrina adams, she sits atop u.s. tennis as chairman of the board, ceo, and president of the united states tennis association. >> it's been 133 years since we were founded, so it is an honor to be the first... i don't think i have to fight for it, uh...i was just being me. >> adams' climb to the top took a decade, and now the first african american and former professional player to lead the national governing body, is busy setting the agenda for her two-year term. >> accountaby,


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